MOAA and IVMF Launch Military Spouse Employment Survey Sept. 16

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Survey Provides a Platform for Military Spouses to Share Employment Challenges While Trying to Navigate Military Lifestyle

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Share Your Military Spouse Employment Journey by taking the #MilSpouseSurvey at Open from September 16th – October 16th.

We believe the data from this survey will shed light upon challenges spouses face with their employment goals so we can better address their issues,” MOAA president Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said.

On Sept. 16, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) will launch The Military Spouse Employment Survey. This anonymous survey provides a platform for all military spouses to share their challenges of employment while on active duty. Its results will enable MOAA and the IVMF to better understand military spouse unemployment and underemployment. The survey, which is voluntary, will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will be available through Oct. 16. To access the survey and for additional information, go to

This study will focus on the employment pattern of all military spouses, especially related to their long-term career trajectories. All active duty, National Guard and Reserve, veteran, and surviving spouses who are 18 years and older are encouraged to participate by sharing their stories, experiences and lessons learned.

According to the 2010 Department of Defense Manpower Data Center, there are 725,877 spouses of active duty servicemembers and 413,295 spouses of Reserve and Guard members. In addition, an estimated 15 million veterans’ spouses and more than 5.8 million surviving spouses live in the U.S.

“MOAA has been a leader in identifying and addressing issues related to spouse employment and this effort will allow us to further our work in this area,” MOAA president Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said. “We believe the data from this survey will shed light upon challenges spouses face with their employment goals so we can better address their issues.”

“We believe this research will provide insight into both employment and career barriers and opportunities for military spouses, including career progression,” said Mike Haynie, IMVF executive director. “Further understanding of these issues will also contribute to our ability to provide support as military families transition to being veteran families. We look forward to working with MOAA to identify important policy issues and practices related to military spouse employment that will impact both the military and veterans communities.”

To encourage as much participation as possible, please share the #MilSpouseSurvey with other military spouse communities.

Survey results will be released in the spring of 2014.

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About MOAA:
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers association with more than 380,000 members from every branch of service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization and an influential force in promoting a strong national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers, and for those who are not eligible to join MOAA, Voices for America’s Troops is a nonprofit MOAA affiliate that supports a strong national defense. For more information, visit or

About IVMA:
As the first institute of its kind in the nation, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human capital resources of higher education in support of the post-service life course of the nation's veterans and military families. The IVMF focuses on developing impactful programming, cultivating actionable research, conducting policy analysis and providing technical assistance positioned to address the social, economic and public policy challenges facing the veterans' community. The IVMF team approaches this mission as a collaboration, forging enduring partnerships with government, private industry, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations and stakeholders committed to supporting transitioning service members, veterans and their families. Visit for more information. Follow the IVMF on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, VetNet and LinkedIn.

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